Road Trip: Mid-Summer Brake Check

On the Road Again

August 02, 2017
So, we’re at the midway point of summer, and we wanted to report to you from the confines of our new North American home in Plano, Texas.
It takes some time to adjust to the Texas heat. And for a while, you’re just going to have to accept your fate as Texas toast. But that’s the allure of hitting the road and seeing where your Toyota or Lexus takes you. Sometimes you just gotta… leave. Because it’s true that the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. But it’s also true that the road is a magical place. As Willie Nelson preached: “Goin’ places that I’ve never been/Seein’ things that I may never see again/And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”
Some of y’all (that’s right, y’all. We’re in Texas now) are about to hit that road again. And if you are, be sure to email us, at, a picture of you with your Toyota or Lexus in whatever place you find yourself.

In the meantime, live vicariously through your co-workers below. 

No Dogs Allowed -- Keiko Bell from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, and her kids took their 2014 Avalon to the world's largest fire hydrant in Columbia, South Carolina, this summer. This attraction is 39 feet tall and it’s the real deal!

Swervin’ and Curvin’ -- Stamping Engineer Stephen Byington and his wife, Shelley, drove their 4Runner TRD Off Road through the Tail of the Dragon – 318 curves in 11 miles between the Tennessee and North Carolina state lines.


East Meets West in Texas -- Marketing analyst Ryan Bacsafra and technical trainer Chad Deschenes are new to Texas so they ventured out to explore. Here you can see Bacsafra’s 2005 Lexus IS 300 SportCross and Deschenes’ 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 parked for a pit stop in historic downtown Celina, Texas.

Chasing Waterfalls -- Toyota Financial Services’ Raul Avila and his family packed up their new 4Runner for a drive from Chandler Arizona, to the majestic Multnomah Falls in Salem, Oregon. They racked up 3,600 miles in a week, but the 4Runner performed like a champ.

No Cigar –- Raul Castro’s Land Cruiser was on the itinerary for Todd Blickenstaff, Lexus product marketing, when he visited Havana, Cuba.

By Karen Nielsen and Dan Nied

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